James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

Latest from James Salzer

Big spender plays unusual role in race for Georgia insurance chief
 Georgians have grown used to seeing ads from “independent” political committees in major races, but now one largely funded by a company with insurance subsidiaries is trying to influence voters to pick its candidate for state insurance commissioner. It is a rare case of such a committee — which can take unlimited contributions...

Posted: 7 days ago

Georgians have grown used to seeing ads from “independent” political committees in major races, but now one largely funded by a company with insurance subsidiaries is trying to influence voters to pick its candidate for state insurance commissioner. It is a rare case of such a committee — which can take unlimited contributions...
Campaign reports before Georgia primary don’t offer complete picture
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle raised about $65,000 in high-dollar contributions for his gubernatorial campaign on Tuesday. It wasn’t a particularly unusual day for his campaign. The Cagle team has taken in about $840,000 in such donations since the 2018 General Assembly session ended in late March, with much of the money coming from lobbyists...

Posted: 11 days ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle raised about $65,000 in high-dollar contributions for his gubernatorial campaign on Tuesday. It wasn’t a particularly unusual day for his campaign. The Cagle team has taken in about $840,000 in such donations since the 2018 General Assembly session ended in late March, with much of the money coming from lobbyists...
Insurance agents bill with powerful backing becomes law in Georgia
 Lawmakers waited until 12:01 a.m. on the final night of the 2018 General Assembly session to pass insurance legislation that was a priority of a prominent House leader, and Gov. Nathan Deal waited until the final few hours of his signing period before making sure it became law. Deal signed the measure, House Bill 64, along with dozens of...

Posted: 13 days ago

Lawmakers waited until 12:01 a.m. on the final night of the 2018 General Assembly session to pass insurance legislation that was a priority of a prominent House leader, and Gov. Nathan Deal waited until the final few hours of his signing period before making sure it became law. Deal signed the measure, House Bill 64, along with dozens of...
Gov. Deal signs bill to tax online sales to Georgians
 Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation calling for online retailers to start charging sales taxes on their goods. The House and Senate approved House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax...

Posted: 13 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation calling for online retailers to start charging sales taxes on their goods. The House and Senate approved House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax...
Politics may be shifting on guns, but Georgia GOP base is unmoved
 Georgia insurance commissioner candidate Jay Florence only had a few minutes to impress voters at a recent Republican Party gathering in Madison County, so he went right for the good stuff. Within the first 30 seconds, he made clear his support for the Second Amendment. As insurance commissioner, Florence would regulate insurance and small...

Posted: 15 days ago

Georgia insurance commissioner candidate Jay Florence only had a few minutes to impress voters at a recent Republican Party gathering in Madison County, so he went right for the good stuff. Within the first 30 seconds, he made clear his support for the Second Amendment. As insurance commissioner, Florence would regulate insurance and small...
Insurance commissioner race spotlights Georgia’s auto, health care woes
 With Georgians facing skyrocketing auto and health care premiums, voters go to the polls later this month to decide who will be the state’s next top insurance regulator. Three Republicans and two Democrats are facing off in primaries to replace Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, a Republican who once vowed to be an Obamacare obstructionist...

Posted: 16 days ago

With Georgians facing skyrocketing auto and health care premiums, voters go to the polls later this month to decide who will be the state’s next top insurance regulator. Three Republicans and two Democrats are facing off in primaries to replace Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, a Republican who once vowed to be an Obamacare obstructionist...
Governor signs new Georgia budget that finally fully funds schools
 Educators long complained that the state shorted public schools, but a booming economy is helping Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers keep that from happening again in the upcoming year. Deal on Wednesday signed a historic $26.2 billion budget that for the first time in more than a decade fully funds the formula used to pay for the public schooling...

Posted: 20 days ago

Educators long complained that the state shorted public schools, but a booming economy is helping Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers keep that from happening again in the upcoming year. Deal on Wednesday signed a historic $26.2 billion budget that for the first time in more than a decade fully funds the formula used to pay for the public schooling...
Georgia’s state retirees happy with bonuses but have higher hopes
 About 50,000 Georgians will receive bonuses of up to $1,200 after the Employees Retirement System board backed a request from state lawmakers. While appreciated by state retirees, the bonuses fall short of the former workers’ ultimate goal — to get a cost-of-living raise for the first time since the Great Recession. The difference...

Posted: 26 days ago

About 50,000 Georgians will receive bonuses of up to $1,200 after the Employees Retirement System board backed a request from state lawmakers. While appreciated by state retirees, the bonuses fall short of the former workers’ ultimate goal — to get a cost-of-living raise for the first time since the Great Recession. The difference...
Some donors hedged bets after accusation surfaced against Shafer
 The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee may have cleared state Sen. David Shafer of sexual harassment allegations, but the case has proved to be fodder for political opponents trying to derail his bid to become lieutenant governor. More than a dozen big-money donors who had given to Shafer’s campaign to replace Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle...

Posted: 29 days ago

The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee may have cleared state Sen. David Shafer of sexual harassment allegations, but the case has proved to be fodder for political opponents trying to derail his bid to become lieutenant governor. More than a dozen big-money donors who had given to Shafer’s campaign to replace Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle...
Georgia ethics panel dismisses harassment complaint against Shafer
 The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee dismissed a sexual harassment complaint a lobbyist filed against state Sen. David Shafer, with the announcement coming a day after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained an investigative report raising questions about the allegations. “Based on the findings of fact reported by the independent...

3:52 PM Friday, Apr. 13, 2018

The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee dismissed a sexual harassment complaint a lobbyist filed against state Sen. David Shafer, with the announcement coming a day after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained an investigative report raising questions about the allegations. “Based on the findings of fact reported by the independent...
Report raises questions about truth of Shafer sex harassment complaint
 The lawyer investigating claims that state Sen. David Shafer, a leading Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, persistently sexually harassed a veteran lobbyist cast suspicion on the allegation in a report obtained exclusively Thursday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Attorney Penn Payne wrote that her conclusion was that...

8:11 PM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

The lawyer investigating claims that state Sen. David Shafer, a leading Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, persistently sexually harassed a veteran lobbyist cast suspicion on the allegation in a report obtained exclusively Thursday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Attorney Penn Payne wrote that her conclusion was that...





James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

Latest from James Salzer

Big spender plays unusual role in race for Georgia insurance chief
 Georgians have grown used to seeing ads from “independent” political committees in major races, but now one largely funded by a company with insurance subsidiaries is trying to influence voters to pick its candidate for state insurance commissioner. It is a rare case of such a committee — which can take unlimited contributions...

Posted: 7 days ago

Georgians have grown used to seeing ads from “independent” political committees in major races, but now one largely funded by a company with insurance subsidiaries is trying to influence voters to pick its candidate for state insurance commissioner. It is a rare case of such a committee — which can take unlimited contributions...
Campaign reports before Georgia primary don’t offer complete picture
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle raised about $65,000 in high-dollar contributions for his gubernatorial campaign on Tuesday. It wasn’t a particularly unusual day for his campaign. The Cagle team has taken in about $840,000 in such donations since the 2018 General Assembly session ended in late March, with much of the money coming from lobbyists...

Posted: 11 days ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle raised about $65,000 in high-dollar contributions for his gubernatorial campaign on Tuesday. It wasn’t a particularly unusual day for his campaign. The Cagle team has taken in about $840,000 in such donations since the 2018 General Assembly session ended in late March, with much of the money coming from lobbyists...
Insurance agents bill with powerful backing becomes law in Georgia
 Lawmakers waited until 12:01 a.m. on the final night of the 2018 General Assembly session to pass insurance legislation that was a priority of a prominent House leader, and Gov. Nathan Deal waited until the final few hours of his signing period before making sure it became law. Deal signed the measure, House Bill 64, along with dozens of...

Posted: 13 days ago

Lawmakers waited until 12:01 a.m. on the final night of the 2018 General Assembly session to pass insurance legislation that was a priority of a prominent House leader, and Gov. Nathan Deal waited until the final few hours of his signing period before making sure it became law. Deal signed the measure, House Bill 64, along with dozens of...
Gov. Deal signs bill to tax online sales to Georgians
 Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation calling for online retailers to start charging sales taxes on their goods. The House and Senate approved House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax...

Posted: 13 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation calling for online retailers to start charging sales taxes on their goods. The House and Senate approved House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax...
Politics may be shifting on guns, but Georgia GOP base is unmoved
 Georgia insurance commissioner candidate Jay Florence only had a few minutes to impress voters at a recent Republican Party gathering in Madison County, so he went right for the good stuff. Within the first 30 seconds, he made clear his support for the Second Amendment. As insurance commissioner, Florence would regulate insurance and small...

Posted: 15 days ago

Georgia insurance commissioner candidate Jay Florence only had a few minutes to impress voters at a recent Republican Party gathering in Madison County, so he went right for the good stuff. Within the first 30 seconds, he made clear his support for the Second Amendment. As insurance commissioner, Florence would regulate insurance and small...
Insurance commissioner race spotlights Georgia’s auto, health care woes
 With Georgians facing skyrocketing auto and health care premiums, voters go to the polls later this month to decide who will be the state’s next top insurance regulator. Three Republicans and two Democrats are facing off in primaries to replace Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, a Republican who once vowed to be an Obamacare obstructionist...

Posted: 16 days ago

With Georgians facing skyrocketing auto and health care premiums, voters go to the polls later this month to decide who will be the state’s next top insurance regulator. Three Republicans and two Democrats are facing off in primaries to replace Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, a Republican who once vowed to be an Obamacare obstructionist...
Governor signs new Georgia budget that finally fully funds schools
 Educators long complained that the state shorted public schools, but a booming economy is helping Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers keep that from happening again in the upcoming year. Deal on Wednesday signed a historic $26.2 billion budget that for the first time in more than a decade fully funds the formula used to pay for the public schooling...

Posted: 20 days ago

Educators long complained that the state shorted public schools, but a booming economy is helping Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers keep that from happening again in the upcoming year. Deal on Wednesday signed a historic $26.2 billion budget that for the first time in more than a decade fully funds the formula used to pay for the public schooling...
Georgia’s state retirees happy with bonuses but have higher hopes
 About 50,000 Georgians will receive bonuses of up to $1,200 after the Employees Retirement System board backed a request from state lawmakers. While appreciated by state retirees, the bonuses fall short of the former workers’ ultimate goal — to get a cost-of-living raise for the first time since the Great Recession. The difference...

Posted: 26 days ago

About 50,000 Georgians will receive bonuses of up to $1,200 after the Employees Retirement System board backed a request from state lawmakers. While appreciated by state retirees, the bonuses fall short of the former workers’ ultimate goal — to get a cost-of-living raise for the first time since the Great Recession. The difference...
Some donors hedged bets after accusation surfaced against Shafer
 The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee may have cleared state Sen. David Shafer of sexual harassment allegations, but the case has proved to be fodder for political opponents trying to derail his bid to become lieutenant governor. More than a dozen big-money donors who had given to Shafer’s campaign to replace Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle...

Posted: 29 days ago

The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee may have cleared state Sen. David Shafer of sexual harassment allegations, but the case has proved to be fodder for political opponents trying to derail his bid to become lieutenant governor. More than a dozen big-money donors who had given to Shafer’s campaign to replace Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle...
Georgia ethics panel dismisses harassment complaint against Shafer
 The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee dismissed a sexual harassment complaint a lobbyist filed against state Sen. David Shafer, with the announcement coming a day after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained an investigative report raising questions about the allegations. “Based on the findings of fact reported by the independent...

3:52 PM Friday, Apr. 13, 2018

The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee dismissed a sexual harassment complaint a lobbyist filed against state Sen. David Shafer, with the announcement coming a day after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained an investigative report raising questions about the allegations. “Based on the findings of fact reported by the independent...
Report raises questions about truth of Shafer sex harassment complaint
 The lawyer investigating claims that state Sen. David Shafer, a leading Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, persistently sexually harassed a veteran lobbyist cast suspicion on the allegation in a report obtained exclusively Thursday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Attorney Penn Payne wrote that her conclusion was that...

8:11 PM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

The lawyer investigating claims that state Sen. David Shafer, a leading Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, persistently sexually harassed a veteran lobbyist cast suspicion on the allegation in a report obtained exclusively Thursday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Attorney Penn Payne wrote that her conclusion was that...





James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

Latest from James Salzer

Big spender plays unusual role in race for Georgia insurance chief
 Georgians have grown used to seeing ads from “independent” political committees in major races, but now one largely funded by a company with insurance subsidiaries is trying to influence voters to pick its candidate for state insurance commissioner. It is a rare case of such a committee — which can take unlimited contributions...

Posted: 7 days ago

Georgians have grown used to seeing ads from “independent” political committees in major races, but now one largely funded by a company with insurance subsidiaries is trying to influence voters to pick its candidate for state insurance commissioner. It is a rare case of such a committee — which can take unlimited contributions...
Campaign reports before Georgia primary don’t offer complete picture
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle raised about $65,000 in high-dollar contributions for his gubernatorial campaign on Tuesday. It wasn’t a particularly unusual day for his campaign. The Cagle team has taken in about $840,000 in such donations since the 2018 General Assembly session ended in late March, with much of the money coming from lobbyists...

Posted: 11 days ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle raised about $65,000 in high-dollar contributions for his gubernatorial campaign on Tuesday. It wasn’t a particularly unusual day for his campaign. The Cagle team has taken in about $840,000 in such donations since the 2018 General Assembly session ended in late March, with much of the money coming from lobbyists...
Insurance agents bill with powerful backing becomes law in Georgia
 Lawmakers waited until 12:01 a.m. on the final night of the 2018 General Assembly session to pass insurance legislation that was a priority of a prominent House leader, and Gov. Nathan Deal waited until the final few hours of his signing period before making sure it became law. Deal signed the measure, House Bill 64, along with dozens of...

Posted: 13 days ago

Lawmakers waited until 12:01 a.m. on the final night of the 2018 General Assembly session to pass insurance legislation that was a priority of a prominent House leader, and Gov. Nathan Deal waited until the final few hours of his signing period before making sure it became law. Deal signed the measure, House Bill 64, along with dozens of...
Gov. Deal signs bill to tax online sales to Georgians
 Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation calling for online retailers to start charging sales taxes on their goods. The House and Senate approved House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax...

Posted: 13 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation calling for online retailers to start charging sales taxes on their goods. The House and Senate approved House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax...
Politics may be shifting on guns, but Georgia GOP base is unmoved
 Georgia insurance commissioner candidate Jay Florence only had a few minutes to impress voters at a recent Republican Party gathering in Madison County, so he went right for the good stuff. Within the first 30 seconds, he made clear his support for the Second Amendment. As insurance commissioner, Florence would regulate insurance and small...

Posted: 15 days ago

Georgia insurance commissioner candidate Jay Florence only had a few minutes to impress voters at a recent Republican Party gathering in Madison County, so he went right for the good stuff. Within the first 30 seconds, he made clear his support for the Second Amendment. As insurance commissioner, Florence would regulate insurance and small...
Insurance commissioner race spotlights Georgia’s auto, health care woes
 With Georgians facing skyrocketing auto and health care premiums, voters go to the polls later this month to decide who will be the state’s next top insurance regulator. Three Republicans and two Democrats are facing off in primaries to replace Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, a Republican who once vowed to be an Obamacare obstructionist...

Posted: 16 days ago

With Georgians facing skyrocketing auto and health care premiums, voters go to the polls later this month to decide who will be the state’s next top insurance regulator. Three Republicans and two Democrats are facing off in primaries to replace Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, a Republican who once vowed to be an Obamacare obstructionist...
Governor signs new Georgia budget that finally fully funds schools
 Educators long complained that the state shorted public schools, but a booming economy is helping Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers keep that from happening again in the upcoming year. Deal on Wednesday signed a historic $26.2 billion budget that for the first time in more than a decade fully funds the formula used to pay for the public schooling...

Posted: 20 days ago

Educators long complained that the state shorted public schools, but a booming economy is helping Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers keep that from happening again in the upcoming year. Deal on Wednesday signed a historic $26.2 billion budget that for the first time in more than a decade fully funds the formula used to pay for the public schooling...
Georgia’s state retirees happy with bonuses but have higher hopes
 About 50,000 Georgians will receive bonuses of up to $1,200 after the Employees Retirement System board backed a request from state lawmakers. While appreciated by state retirees, the bonuses fall short of the former workers’ ultimate goal — to get a cost-of-living raise for the first time since the Great Recession. The difference...

Posted: 26 days ago

About 50,000 Georgians will receive bonuses of up to $1,200 after the Employees Retirement System board backed a request from state lawmakers. While appreciated by state retirees, the bonuses fall short of the former workers’ ultimate goal — to get a cost-of-living raise for the first time since the Great Recession. The difference...
Some donors hedged bets after accusation surfaced against Shafer
 The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee may have cleared state Sen. David Shafer of sexual harassment allegations, but the case has proved to be fodder for political opponents trying to derail his bid to become lieutenant governor. More than a dozen big-money donors who had given to Shafer’s campaign to replace Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle...

Posted: 29 days ago

The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee may have cleared state Sen. David Shafer of sexual harassment allegations, but the case has proved to be fodder for political opponents trying to derail his bid to become lieutenant governor. More than a dozen big-money donors who had given to Shafer’s campaign to replace Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle...
Georgia ethics panel dismisses harassment complaint against Shafer
 The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee dismissed a sexual harassment complaint a lobbyist filed against state Sen. David Shafer, with the announcement coming a day after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained an investigative report raising questions about the allegations. “Based on the findings of fact reported by the independent...

3:52 PM Friday, Apr. 13, 2018

The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee dismissed a sexual harassment complaint a lobbyist filed against state Sen. David Shafer, with the announcement coming a day after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained an investigative report raising questions about the allegations. “Based on the findings of fact reported by the independent...
Report raises questions about truth of Shafer sex harassment complaint
 The lawyer investigating claims that state Sen. David Shafer, a leading Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, persistently sexually harassed a veteran lobbyist cast suspicion on the allegation in a report obtained exclusively Thursday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Attorney Penn Payne wrote that her conclusion was that...

8:11 PM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

The lawyer investigating claims that state Sen. David Shafer, a leading Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, persistently sexually harassed a veteran lobbyist cast suspicion on the allegation in a report obtained exclusively Thursday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Attorney Penn Payne wrote that her conclusion was that...